Re: [OPE] Important review of Kautskyism Past and Present

From: Dave Zachariah <>
Date: Thu Aug 12 2010 - 17:48:14 EDT

On 2010-08-11 23:05, Jurriaan Bendien wrote:
> I think you are right, it is mistaken to define David Harvey as an
> "opportunist". As I indicate in the article, accusations of opportunism are
> often difficult to prove, and may reflect more a partisan moral stance ("one
> man's opportunity is another man's opportunism") or social envy.

I'm not sure whether the latter is true, but perhaps you have a point.

While socialist culture in the 20th century arguably did embody a moral
if its own, it is possible that the neglect for an explicitly defined
minimal set of moral principles --- as opposed to say religion or
liberal moral philosophies --- may have weakened the ability to
effectively and coherently sanction those who did not adhere: E.g those
voting for war credits; accepting salaries above worker's wage as
parliamentarians; neglecting working-class issues, etc.

I suppose the late Gerald Cohen was trying to formulate such a minimal
set of socialist moral principles.

//Dave Z
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